Dr. Alarcon teaches Mechanics of Materials (CEE216/BME271), Statics and Dynamics (Engineering Analysis II). She has also taught DTCII- Design Thinking and Communication as well as System Dynamics (Engineering Analysis III).
Dr. Alarcon received her Ph. D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, studying the constitutive modeling of direct measures of strain in simulated fault gauge. She also received a Ph. D. at the University of Sevilla. She has an M.S degree from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Civil Engineering School) and Northwestern University. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Illinois and is a member of the Structural Engineering Association of Illinois (SEAOI) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Prior to teaching at Northwestern she worked for over 5 years for Halvorson and Partners on major building projects such as Torre Repsol in Madrid (Spain).